Spring 2020 Education Series
JFK Library Teaching and Learning Tuesdays
From the Library's Department of Education and Public Programs Team
April 14, 2020 (Week 3)
Civil Rights & Civic Action

Featuring primary sources, lesson plans, activities and more  for exploring the struggles, activism, historical figures, and milestones in civil rights history .
Ready-to-Go Resources
Elementary & Middle School
Many students know that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, but few are familiar with the other speakers at the event. In this lesson, students learn about these nine other civil rights leaders and use a worksheet to analyze and summarize excerpts from their speeches.
High School
In April 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote the seminal document “Letter from Birmingham Jail” during the campaign to overturn segregation laws and practices in Birmingham, AL. This PDF can help students learn more about Dr. King through the Library’s online material, including photographs, letters, telegrams, audio clips, oral histories, and forum transcripts and videos.
Forum Spotlight
Watch and Discuss a Past Forum
Bending Toward Justice
Senator Doug Jones , author of Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights , and William Baxley , former Attorney General of Alabama, discussed the decades-long efforts to prosecute the 16th Street Baptist Church bombers. Margaret Burnham , professor and founder and director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University, moderated.
Kennedy Library Forums are webcast live and recorded whenever possible. Written transcripts of most recorded events are also available. View our past Forums or visit our YouTube channel to view past Forums.
Activity of the Week
Make A Protest Poster
Teach students about civic engagement and democracy while they are learning from home. Help them identify a cause they care about at the local, national, or global level. They can design, make and decorate a poster to support their chosen cause. Have students share their posters with each other digitally to learn more about their classmates' concerns and the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Additional Resources from the National Archives
DocsTeach: Rights in America
Many documents at the National Archives illustrate how individuals and groups asserted their rights as Americans. Use this site to explore the topics of slavery, racism, citizenship, women's independence, immigration, and more.
In Case You Missed It...
JFK Library's Teaching and Learning Tuesdays - 4/7
Last week's resource guide featured "Young Jack's Plea for a Raise" and the "Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty" lesson plans, The Constitution: Changes and Challenges in US History Forum, the "Presidential Portrait Collages" activity, and highlights from the "Handmade and Heartfelt: Folk Art from the Collection of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum" exhibit.
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